Every Friday, we round up the week’s most interesting and useful climate stories. Check in to learn about major developments, new findings, and effective solutions for addressing climate change.
If you thinking texting is a shallow way to talk about climate issues, think again. New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts has developed imagery that lets us show what we’re thumb-typing in meaningful ways.
There is strong support from all political parties for generating renewable energy on public land in the U.S. These and other insights turned up in the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication’s latest research report, published online this week.
Politics & Global Warming, October 2017 (Yale Program on Climate Change Communication)
Apparently the March for Science was not a one-off. At the American Geophysical Union convention this year, organizers held a how-to session for researchers and academics who want to become climate advocates.
Activism Is a Hot Topic at the World’s Biggest Earth and Planetary Science Conference (The Washington Post)
Previous efforts to restore former coal mine sites have left behind vast swaths of unproductive land. Now, a group of nonprofits and scientists are working to restore native trees to the Appalachian region. Since forests store carbon, the rehab plan not only rebuilds ecosystems, but also helps fight climate change.
Reclaiming Appalachia: A Push to Bring Back Native Forests to Coal Country (Yale Environment 360)
Thanks to new technology, the world is “on track” for cleaner public transportation. It is based on local, community-based energy, to boot.
In 10 Years, Trains Could Be Solar Powered (The Guardian)
The EcoBusiness website keeps its eye on sustainability innovations all year long; this article rounds up their top picks, from a sharing-economy app to agrotechnology to climate-friendly beer.
6 Cool Sustainability Innovations We Liked in 2017 (EcoBusiness)
Here’s a pair of big news items to join the World Bank’s pullout from oil and gas investment last week:
France — which announced earlier this year that it was banning internal combustion engines — is now saying non! to developing the substantial amount of fossil fuels lying beneath it.
Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced they’re forming an advisory panel to “de-carbonize” the state pension fund’s portfolio. It’s worth $200 billion. Check out the story below, then read more here.
STATE & LOCAL ACTION
The 9 members of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have finalized an agreement to lower the cap on their CO2 emissions. They’ll next take state-specific steps to implement these goals.
Maryland, Northeast States Accelerate Carbon Pollution Reduction (The Baltimore Sun)
Alaska has been known as a “drill, baby, drill” state. But its current Governor, Bill Walker, is talking a more sustainable approach. Check out the article below, then read more here.
Governor’s Climate Change Team Meets for First Time (KTUU Anchorage)